PSYCHEDELIC ROCK BAND RADIO MOSCOW SET TO KICK OFF U.S. TOUR DATES INCLUDING APPEARANCE AT AUSTIN PSYCH FEST 4
“HENDRIXIAN” TRIO BEGINS WORK ON NEW ALBUM
RADIO MOSCOW, the Humboldt County, CA psychedelic blues rock band that features guitar phenom Parker Griggs has announced spring U.S. tour dates. The first leg of the live run will kick off on Friday, April 22 in San Francisco and include a stop in Austin, TX (on April 29) where the trio will perform amongst the featured acts at the fourth annual Austin Psych Fest and share the stage with The Black Angels, Roky Erickson and more.
The second leg of the RADIO MOSCOW tour will begin on May 17 in Chicago, IL and run through May 28 hitting stages in St. Paul, Kansas City, Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Portland and more along the way. Last week the group entered Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, CA to begin work on their third LP and follow up to 2009’s critically celebrated Brain Cycles. The band is expected to perform some of its new material live for the first time over the course of the upcoming tour.
RADIO MOSCOW is a blues-rock band with heavy psychedelic influences. Discovered byDan Auerbach of The Black Keys, the trio’s sound bears unquestionable similarities. But whereas The Black Keys play a noisy, stripped-down two-man blues rock, RADIO MOSCOWis something else entirely – the rebirth of the power trio. Frontman Parker Griggs‘ impressive guitar playing captures a vintage mid-sixties garage rock style that sounds less like imitation and more like soulful alchemical transformation. Griggs unbelievably replicates Jimi Hendrix’s distinctive overdriven tone and wah-wah wonderment while layers of Marshall-powered guitar tones flow through wah-wahs and fuzz units as the rhythm section jams with indefatigable purpose over acres of six-string wailing. The band’s sound is packed to the brim with juicy, electric guitar riffs that fit in that perfect pocket that The Groundhogs or Cream took listeners to, and alongside the acid drenched stoner blues of Hendrix, Ten Years After or early Fleetwood Mac. In describing the band, The Austin Chronicle mused, “Radio Moscow does for Blue Cheer what the Black Keys do for 21st century blues: stomps it.”
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Originally hailing from Story City, IA, RADIO MOSCOW is the brain child of Parker Griggs, a blues rock-driven guitar prodigy who formed the band in 2003. Soon after, Griggs attended aBlack Keys show and handed a RADIO MOSCOW demo to Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach who loved what he heard and subsequently produced the band’s eponymous debut. Named for the pre-Cold War precursor to the propaganda outlet ‘Voice of Russia’, RADIO MOSCOW‘s amped up, captivating sound harkens back to the glory days of the power trio (when Cream and Blue Cheer ruled the earth and the power of the Marshall stack was unquestioned). Live, Griggs‘ unbelievable blues-driven, wah-wah heavy riffs and smoking guitar solos have drawn oft-comparison to the great Jimi Hendrix; the compliment gaining conviction with each and everyRADIO MOSCOW performance. The Onion recently said “Radio Moscow plants its flag firmly in the territory where psychedelic rock, cranked-up blues, and metal meet,” with “powerful, crunching Sabbath-style chords and fiery solos that earn the right to be called Hendrixian.” As Griggs’ guitar prowess and live legend continues to grow, so does the buzz on RADIO MOSCOW. The power trio is a true blues-driven rock band in every sense of the phrase and has boiled its lineup down to the essentials: bass, guitar and drums, encouraging extroverted playing from the band members, often at very high volumes. RADIO MOSCOW‘s mind-blowing live performances and self-proclaimed “Guitar Music” have been called “throwback rock blues as a wall of sound,” and “at times a romp, trying to uncover that secret to the brilliance of Led Zeppelin II.” The band has released two albums: 2007’s Radio Moscow andBrain Cycles (2009). The RADIO MOSCOW song “Luckydutch” was featured on the soundtrack for the 2009 film “The Goods” and the song “Broke Down” was featured in a recent RadioShack commercial. RADIO MOSCOW‘s as-yet-untitled third album is expected to see a summer 2011 release.
RADIO MOSCOW tour dates:
April 22 San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside
April 23 Los Angeles, CA Viper Room
April 26 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
April 27 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory (w/ T Model Ford, East Dallas Shufflers)
April 28 Tulsa, OK Fassler Hall
April 29 Austin, TX Austin Psych Fest 4 @ Seaholm Power Plant (w/ The Black Angels, Roky Erikson, etc.)
April 30 Houston, TX Walter’s on Washington
May 1 New Orleans, LA Siberia
May 3 Memphis, TN Hi Tone
May 17 Chicago, IL Double Door
May 18 St. Paul, MN Turf Club
May 19 Bayport, MN Bayport BBQ
May 20 Ames, IA DG’s Tap House
May 21 Iowa City, IA Yacht Club
May 23 Kansas City, MO Czar Bar
May 24 Denver, CO Rockaway Tavern
May 25 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
May 26 Boise, ID Neurolux
May 27 Seattle, WA Comet Tavern
May 28 Portland, OR Ash Street Saloon
In addition to Griggs, RADIO MOSCOW features bassist Zach Anderson and drummer Cory Berry.
“With a powerful, crunching Sabbath-style chords and fiery solos that earn the right to be called Hendrixian, Iowa power trio RADIO MOSCOW plants its flag firmly in the territory where psychedelic rock, cranked-up blues, and metal meet. The sound is unabashedly retro (specifically, FM radio from around 1973), so it’s easy to see how it caught the ear of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach” – THE ONION
“RADIO MOSCOW does for Blue Cheer what the Black Keys do for 21st century blues: stomps it. Sophomore disc Brain Cycles pulses with Parker Griggs’ best Hendrix, while bassist Zach Anderson’s monolithic fuzz mashes beats with drummer Cory Berry. Live is where the touring trio melts brains, bicycles, you name it.” – THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE
“If Cream and Blue Cheer had a baby, it would sound an awful lot like Radio Moscow” – ALL MUSIC